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2013 Legislative Agenda (Updated)
Top Priority Issues for Lobby Day 2013
Among the most critical challenges facing Texas in the 21st century is the protection and proper management of water resources necessary to sustain a clean and ample water supply for all Texans. In order to sustain our economic well-being and quality of life we must become more efficient in our use of water, make progress toward the goal of sustainable groundwater resources, and maintain flows in our rivers and streams, as well as the freshwater inflows on which our state’s highly productive coastal bays and estuaries rely.
Air: Cleaner Air for All Texans
The 2013 Texas Legislative Session will be very important for air policy in Texas, through legislative issues involving state-agency Sunset review, the state budget, and legislation dealing with clean indoor air.
While some areas of Texas have seen specific air quality improvements over the past decade, serious air pollution challenges remain throughout the state. In the coming years, an even greater number of Texans, especially those living in urban and suburban areas, will face additional air quality challenges as most of Texas’ metropolitan areas will not meet the new health standards for ozone.
Texas faces challenges in meeting its electricity needs. Continued drought-like conditions that impact fossil fuel power generation, additional environmental regulations, and cheap natural gas have made it challenging to invest in new generation in Texas. New natural gas and oil development have brought tremendous wealth, employment and revenues to new communities and Texas, but have also brought increased air pollution, accidents, spills, high water use, and new toxic waste. These factors also point to the need to continue to move Texas beyond traditional electric generation and transportation fuels and toward clean energy solutions like wind, solar, geothermal, energy efficiency, demand response, energy storage and electric vehicles, while continuing to develop reasonable safeguards.
Conserving land conserves water. Well-stewarded land provides a natural system to capture, cleanse and store our valuable and limited water supply.
Because more than 90 percent of the land in Texas is privately owned, Texas needs to provide landowners incentives, opportunities, and protections to encourage effective land stewardship practices that benefit the ecosystem, and land and water resources. Texas also needs to provide a reasonable level of access opportunities on public land.
Waste & Recycling
The Texas Legislature has overwhelmingly passed laws to make computer- and TV-makers responsible for providing Texans with recycling options for obsolete electronics. In 2013, the Alliance for a Clean Texas will work to make the market-based electronics recycling programs initiated by current laws work better for Texans.
A well-functioning state government that Texans can trust to protect their health and their environment is to advantage of all who live and work in our state. State agencies that provide the public ample opportunity and support to be involved in regulatory matters that affect their well-being, their property and their communities are essential to a balanced approach to environmental regulation. Robust public participation in the permitting process, transparency in rule and decision-making, and ready access to health and legal information provide this balance.
2013 ACT Legislative Agenda
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About ACTThe Alliance For A Clean Texas (ACT) brings together environmental, public interest, consumer rights and religious organizations from around the state dedicated to improving public health, quality of life and the environment in Texas by working for change at the regulatory and legislative levels.